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2012-05-01 21:23:35

What might happen if droughts were predicted months ahead of time? Food aid and other humanitarian efforts could be put together sooner and executed better, say UC Santa Barbara geographers Chris Funk, Greg Husak, and Joel Michaelsen. After over a decade of gathering and analyzing climate and vegetation data from East Africa, the researchers, who are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET), say there is enough evidence to...

2012-04-12 22:26:42

Spring rains in the eastern Horn of Africa are projected to begin late this year and be substantially lower than normal. From March—May, the rains are expected to total only 60 to 85 percentage of the average rainfall in this region. This is a significant deterioration compared to earlier forecasts. Lower rain amounts would have significant impacts on crop production, rangeland regeneration for livestock, and replenishment of water resources. This would put greater stress on...

2012-04-12 13:08:40

Researchers focus on innovations to adapt agriculture to wild swings in climate extremes, as vividly manifested by Southeast Asia's catastrophic flood-drought cycles As Asia's monsoon season begins, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists warned today that rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia's rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region. "Climate change endangers crop and...

2012-04-10 23:01:43

Research Expansion Boosts Agricultural Productivity, Leads to 400 Jobs DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) April 09, 2012 DuPont opened a $40 million plant genetics research facility in Johnston today to further support its commitment to increasing agricultural productivity and food security worldwide. Approximately 400 new jobs will be created through the increased research and development capabilities housed in the 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art building. “Beaver Creek will take...

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2012-03-30 12:53:09

The National Science Foundation has funded a study to determine past climates by studying tree rings. Environmental students from Arizona studied bristlecone pine trees to determine aspects about the Earth´s climates during the Paleo age. The study of tree growth rings to understand Earth´s past climate is called dendrochronology. As each year passes, trees add growth rings around their trunks. These dendrochronologists study these rings to gain all sorts of information not only...

2012-03-15 08:00:00

The Seed Production industry consists of large corporations that develop and supply genetically modified (GM) seeds to corn, soybean and cotton farmers. During the five years to 2012, the federal government´s energy mandates have spurred demand for ethanol, aiding revenue growth. In 2007, revenue jumped 16.4%, supporting the five-year estimated average increase of 8.7% from 2007 to 2012. Also, global shortages of key commodities like wheat and cotton drove the price of these crops up and...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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